Title

Implications of participatory methods to address mental health needs associated with climate change: 'Photovoice' in Nepal

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1-2015

Journal

BJPsych International

Volume

12

Issue

2

DOI

10.1192/S2056474000000246

Abstract

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists 2015. 'Photovoice', a community-based participatory research methodology, uses images as a tool to deconstruct problems by posing meaningful questions in a community to find actionable solutions. This community-enhancing technique was used to elicit experiences of climate change among women in rural Nepal. The current analysis employs mixed methods to explore the subjective mental health experience of participating in a 4-to 5-day photovoice process focused on climate change. A secondary objective of this work was to explore whether or not photovoice training, as a one-Time 4-To 5-day intensive intervention, can mobilise people to be more aware of environmental changes related to climate change and to be more resilient to these changes, while providing positive mental health outcomes.

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